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Bethel Elementary

225 Adelphi St
Brooklyn, NY 11205

(718) 834-6744

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Students have free play but there are stations set up to help them along with supervision by the teacher

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
Physical activity more

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  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
Other subjects taught Religious instruction

From the Director:

At this stage we allow the children to explore their world as much as possible

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe that all men are created equal and as such we do not discriminate against any child regardless or race, creed or color.

A Typical Day

1. Begin with worship in the morning
2. Free time for play, about 20 min.
3. Learn the alphabet through singing
and identiication
4. Lunch
5. Rest time
6. Playtime (bathroom break in between)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Quarterly conferences with the parents are held.
Most of our students continue at our school.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

Parents spend part of the time with the child on a daily basis until the child is used to the setting.